Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I *heart* my husband.

So, he entered this body building/weight loss competition with a couple of his buddies as a team. It ended about 6 weeks ago and I have to say ... my HOT husband got even HAWTTER. And he dropped 70 pounds of fat and gained 20 pounds of muscle. In 12 weeks. His teammates did fairly well, but neither of them had that much weight to lose. The folks running the competition said we'd know in mid-February if he won or not.

Well. He put back on a few pounds in the meantime -- on purpose.

Their team placed in the top 5. We found out yesterday. That means he has to first, drop the pounds he put back on, and then go to Florida in two weeks (yep, Valentine's Day) for a party where they'll announce the winners. He doesn't want to go unless they'll pay for me to go too, but they haven't given the guys all the details yet.

We're hoping he wins. His part of the prize package will take care of all our medical and school debt, and give us some to put away. So ... yeah. Cross your fingers!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I'm it.
Here are the rules:

THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the '7 weird things about you.' People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 7 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 7 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says 'you are tagged' in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

*disclaimer* I don't know how weird these are. I'm pretty boring.

1. Birthmarks. I have several. The one that faded almost completely away was a dark red line started at my forehead and went straight down my face to my chin. It only now shows up when I'm really upset or angry, and it's just a spot under my nose. My daughter had a similar birthmark but it wasn't as drastic and has faded almost completely now. (my other two are large red spotted blotches: one on the back of my neck, the other on my lower back).

2. I like exercise and how I feel while doing it and afterward, but my rebellious and rather lazy nature would prefer to stay in bed.

3. Most of the time, I'd rather sit at home and watch TV and crochet or read books and/or spend time with hubby and the munchkin, but sometimes I get stir crazy and would do just about anything to get out of the house and away from my family. Even go sing a solo at a funeral for someone I didn't know (true story).

4. I've only dated white guys. Until I met my husband.

5. While I've never eaten animal-type road kill (ew, kip), I have done something on a date that involved hostess pies being run over on State Street at night in a busy area and then eating them. yeah. gross. I was 16.

6. In my head, I am the sexiest woman alive and am much thinner and curvier than my current physical body. In reality, well, I'm a chubby Lebanese girl. I have curves, but I'm definitely chubby.

7. I like playing Spider on the computer and will waste hours doing so, but only on the easy level. Once you throw in more than one suit, I'm done for.

On a completely unrelated topic, I just got a phone call that I'm getting another niece this summer. She brings us up to 14 grandchildren, 5 boys and 9 girls.
So, just so kip doesn't feel like the only one with weird dreams.

I dreamt last night that I was a time-traveler. I went back to pirate times and that whole Pirates of the Caribbean 2 was real -- with the same characters and, oddly enough, they all looked exactly like their modern-day counterparts. Then, in the middle of being a pirate and killing people and trying to save the good ones but failing, I ended up somehow in Hawai'i in 1940, and I had a whole bunch of stuff with me from the FUTURE, like from former travels from the late 1950s and 1960s, so really the past but future to them. I ended up selling stuff at a flea market and people were trying to get me to part with a painting which had been painted FOR ME in 1958 and was signed and dated on the back with an inscription and everything, but I was like, "Um, no one is allowed to look at this that closely." So why did I have it with me instead of leaving it in my time-traveling boat? I have no idea. So, as I'm getting ready to leave 1940, someone asked me if there was anything I wanted to see. Yep, I wanted to see Pearl Harbor before it got bombed. They couldn't figure out why I wanted to see it, but hey, I did.

I've never even been to Hawai'i.

So, there ya go. Weird dreams abound.

Monday, January 29, 2007

I hate being sick.

That is all.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Friday Fave Five!!! (okay, it's really going to be 10 this week)

1. Dr. Howell -- an amazing children's dentist. If you have kids and are local to us (i.e., Utah County), go see him. My scaredy cat 7yo loves his office and actually lets him look in her mouth AND she got a sealant this week without too much fuss.
2. Lactose free ice cream -- hubby can satisfy his craving for ice cream without fumigating the bedroom at night. I divided the carton in half and mixed mint in one half and natural peanut butter and chocolate syrup into the other, then froze them in separate containers. He ate the PB/chocolate one in one sitting and didn't get sick. That's a very good thing.
3. Kleenix brand tissues with lotion. We go through them a lot and don't have sore noses to show for it.
4. Uniball signo gel grip gel ink pens. My lurve them. They write well and don't dry out when I leave the cap off. oops.
5. My co-workers. They help keep me sane -- working a job at home where you see no one and the only communication you have is email, having funny co-workers who also listen to you when you're down is a saving grace, one of the Lord's tender mercies.
6. ULTRAM. This drug, taken with Tylenol, has been helping my chest pain and fatigue immensely. PLUS, I'm getting better sleep at night, which means my chest doesn't hurt as much the next day, too, since I'm not tossing and turning. It also means I'm not keeping hubby up or stealing blankets, so we're happy.
7. Tony Little Gazelle. The man drives me crazy, but I lurve me Gazelle, even if I can't use it every day just yet.
8. Root canals ... on other people. Hubby needed one and finally got it. We are *all* happier campers now.
9. Leslie Sansone. I really get jazzed doing her walking videos, and I bought her book to help develop better eating habits, too. Slowly but surely, I *am* bringing sexy back.
10. Dried Apricots. Help calm down my craving for candy and sweets. Except chocolate. There is only one cure for chocolate cravings. gah.

So ... we've had a rough week. teeth and bosses and emotions and headaches and sternum pain and doctors ... me feeling fat and lazy and getting in trouble at work for missing so much of it. My boss suggested I consider going back on medical leave, which I might if I can't get the pain and my depression back under control. Which means ... I *have* to work out every day for the depression, and then pop pills for the pain. Wahoo.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


So, after reading cc's blog and watching the "I'm an eight" bit, I started thinking about morphine and Lortab and why they make me so sick, but are sooooo great for other people.

My sister told me long ago that I should tell my docs I'm allergic to poppy seeds. If they're in muffins or salad dressings or pretty much anything, they make me incredibly sick with loose BMs. Since opium is derived from them, it would probably have been good had I ever remembered to do so.

So, after my surgery in July, they started loading me up with morphine. I'd puke. They'd give me more a few hours later. I was not lucid and had a tube shoved down my throat so I couldn't tell them the morphine was doing it. They eventually figured it out and switched me to Dilaudid, which worked wonders and didn't make me sick. Go figure.

They also put me on Lortab. I started getting headaches every time I was due for another dose, but we didn't figure it out until I got home and had a full blown migraine that was making me puke. That was some pretty rough 48 hours for EVERYONE at my house (including my parents, my sister, her kids, my then-fiance, and my daughter! in my 1200-sq-ft condo).

Guess what? While looking this all up yesterday, I learned that Lortab and morphine are both opium derivatives, as are Vicodin and OxyContin and codeine. All the fun drugs are off the table for this allergy-prone chica. *sniff*

I guess the good news is that I never could have been a druggie -- even when I was married to one.

Monday, January 22, 2007

David Letterman. Don't watch him, don't really like him. This, however, was pretty darn funny. Poor Lindsay.

On an unrelated topic, Credit Card Numero Uno was paid off on Saturday. Hallelujah! We do still have debt, however, from medical and school. But it's all going away slowly but surely. Hopefully this time next year, hubby can start college at UVSC or something. Wahooo!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Cage Fighting

So, on our third date, hubby told me he wanted to be a cage fighter. I didn't tell him no, just said, "It would scare the hell out of me. And you have a daughter." Sunday night, we watched a movie (finally had our date night) and then had a talk, and I told him if he really wanted to do it, I wasn't going to stop him. The movie? Cinderella Man.

You probably think I'm insane to give him permission after that, but boxing and cage fighting are different. And ... Max Baer wasn't really a bad guy. Go to the link to learn more on him, because he really was pretty cool.

Hubby had wanted me to watch the movie for a while, because it reminded him of us. See, he gets these ideas and then talks to me about them, and I almost never say No. Even if I'm not thrilled about it, I support the guy in his passions, because I love him and he needs to be happy, too. Cage fighting is the reason he started Jiu Jitsu, and one of the reasons he lost some weight. Those fighters are buff.

The thing is, *legitimate* cage fighting looks scary because they're in a cage. But as far as hubby knows (and trust me, he researches fights and watches a lot of them because he loves fighting), no one has ever died from a cage fight. Street fighting, yes. Boxing, yes. Cage fighting? Not so much. There are rules that they have to follow, and one can tap out of a fight. You win by getting points on your opponent, not knocking them out.

So ... I told him to go for it if he wants. He hasn't yet, but uh, I'm just waiting for him to realize what I said and jump into the ring.

'sides. If it really is like the movie, he can win one big fight and buy us a new house where we can live for the rest of our lives.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Friday Fave Five!!!

Okay, so if I was talking about favorite overall, hubby and kids would take the 3 top spots. Every week. But I'm not. Just some of my favorite things this week.

1. Heating pads and rice packs. They're keeping me from being in agony 24/7 due to cold weather and a (now-healed) cracked sternum.
2. VitaGloss. I don't even know if BonneBell makes this stuff anymore, but it's gloss with vitamins in it. My lips were really chapped from the cold, so I dug this raspberry flavored gem out of my lipgloss stash, applied it liberally, and now they are soft, supple, and kissable again.
3. Apple Cinnamon flavored massage oil. Not just for massages (nawty or otherwise), but it is helping my sternotomy scar keloiding be softer. (if you want some, I can tell you where to find it!)
4. PEPSI. Helps me function at work. Had two bad weeks at work when I tried to go without. This week is sooooooooo much better, which means my paycheck won't be crappy. Hallelujah.
5. Benefiber. Add it to the protein powder for a drink before you add the liquid, and you've got yourself something that'll make you regular.

Tada! There you have it. My Friday Fave Five!!!

And, because this is hilarious. He-Man singing 4 Non-Blondes:

Tired of those same old "55 questions about me" surveys? Well here are 55 I guarantee you've never answered.

1. Is your second toe longer than your first? No. they are the exact same length.
2. Do you have a favorite type of pen? Bic atlantis, or a gel pen.
3. Look at your planner for March 14, what are you doing? Laundry.
4. What color are your toenails usually? toenail colored. Or pink or red, something bright and shiny to get hubby's attention.
5. What was the last thing you highlighted? probably scriptures.
6. What color are your bedroom curtains? white.
7. What color are the seats in your car? gray in one, tan in the other.
8. Have you ever had a black and white cat? No.
9. What is the last thing you put a stamp on? a bill -- ditto
10. Do you know anyone who lives in Wyoming? um, no -- ditto
11. Why did you withdraw cash from the ATM the last time? ... tithing? hubby pays cash for his.
12. Who is the last baby that you held? hubby's friends' at their house during game night. made me realize i'm not ready for another'n yet.
13. Do you know of any twins with rhyming names? no
14. Do you like Cinnamon toothpaste? YES
15. What kind of car were you driving 2 years ago? Nissan Sentra. Traded it in for a PT Cruiser about 18 months ago, and we recently bought an old, used, Ford Explorer.
15. Pick one: Miami Hurricanes or Florida Gators. don't care about either, but i prefer a gator to a hurricane. -- ditto
(where's #16? alana!) (sheesh alana)
17. Last time you went to Six Flags? never.
18. Do you have any wallpaper in your house? NO.
19. Closest thing to you that is yellow: I don't do yellow. OH! the cover to my electric heating pad.
20. Last person to give you a business card? the dentist -- one for them, and one for the endodontist who is doing hubby's root canal next week.
21. Who is the last person you wrote a check to? ... Tithing? (yep, I write checks, hubby pays cash)
22. Closest framed picture to you? The Savior ... OR, the frame that holds a bunch of pics, including a pic of me and munchkin, and several engagement photos of me and hubby.
23. Last time you had someone cook for you? Hubby did breakfast sometime recently
24. Have you ever applied for welfare? Yes, when I was pregnant with my daughter and then as a single mom. I've been off welfare for nearly 4 years now, and Medicaid for three.
25. How many emails do you have? email addresses? Five-ish.
26. Last time you received flowers? ... during hubby's body building competition, he brought me a dozen roses.
27. Do you think the sanctity of marriage is meant for only a man & woman? Yes.
(where's 28? ALANA!) (!!!)
29. Do you play air guitar? No.
30. Do you take anything in your coffee? Don't drink coffee.
31. Do you have any Willow Tree figurines? Yep, two, both gifts, and love them both.
32. What was/is your high school's mascot? Caveman! -- ditto
33. Last person you spoke to from high school? my sister-in-law
34. Last time you used hand sanitizer? probably in the car sometime ...
35. Would you like to learn to play the drums? no.
36. What color are the blinds in your living room? white.
37. What is in your inbox at work? Account info, funnies from goils at work, the youtube clip of he-man singing 4 non-blondes
38. Last thing you read in the newspaper? the comics
39. What was the last pageant you attended? a cousin's little miss, prob. -- ditto (we must be related, mamabear)
40. What is the last place you bought pizza from? Little Caesar's or Papa Murphy's
41. Have you ever worn a crown? well ... sort of ... for my wedding.
42. What is the last thing you stapled? ... no idea.
43. Did you ever drink clear Pepsi? Once was enough!
44. Are you ticklish? nope! being in the middle of 3 mean boys who keep tickling will cure you ...
45. Last time you saw fireworks? Every time I kiss my hubby ... hahaha ... I think everyone's stomach's just turned. Um, 7/24/06 -- we bought a bunch and hubby lit them off in our parking lot out front while my mom and i sat in camp chairs and watched (i was almost 3 weeks postop), my dad opted to stand and watch, and kiddo ran around with sparklers, and some of the neighbors came by, too, to whom munchkin gave some sparklers. *can't believe I missed this question the first time through*
46. Last time you had a Krispy Kreme doughnut? two years?
47. Who is the last person that left you a message & you actually returned their call? my nurse from the laser hair removal place
48. Last time you parked under a carport? never. (mamabear, you had a carport at your apartment in Orem!)
49. Do you have a black dog? no dogs allowed -- ditto, but I had one until i had my baby
50. Do you have any pickles in your fridge? just used them up and haven't bought more.
51. Are you an aunt or uncle? i'm an auntie -- ditto
52. Who has the prettiest eyes that you know of? My husband!
53. Last time you saw a semi truck? while waiting at the bus stop for munchkin
54. Do you remember Ugly Kid Joe? who?
55. Do you have a little black dress? no.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

DENTISTS. Who needs 'em?

Well, we all do, really. We really do right now, though. Hubby went to the dentist today for the first time since before his mission. That would be ... late 1999. Awesome. So ... knowing that and knowing he had a bad tooth, plus my company giving us crappy insurance this year we made some financial choices during open enrollment to prevent us from going into further debt and we'd all get our dental work taken care of. We put all of us on his insurance, canceled my insurance, and put the money that would have been used for those premiums into a medical flexible spending account.

Here's why. Good dental care can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Don't believe me? Ask your dentist. It's one of the reasons I went through periodontal treatments before my surgery last year.

So, at the dentist today, they told me I need a crown on a tooth that has a huge filling in it already, but now has another cavity. Awesomer. At least that's the only thing wrong and my perio looks better, even though I've been less than diligent about caring for my teeth since the surgery. I'm working on it again, though, with brushing, flossing, waterpiking twice a day ...

Then it was hubby's turn in the chair. He has periodontal disease, which I figured would be the case, and he has the broken tooth which needs a root canal and then a crown, and he has about 10 cavities. Awesomest.

In one bang (that will take about 3 months to get through all the work), we just used up about $2000 of our $5000 -- which is our cost *after* our insurance kicks in. And it's only January 16th. We still have my echocardiogram in October to cover, plus any pregnancy or pregnancy prevention expenses, and a kidlet here who will probably have more dental work, and if the other kidlet comes home, her too. And I need glasses and/or contacts ... Wooooo.

All I can say is, I'm glad we made the financial choices we made so we can just focus on getting the work done and paying off the debt we already have.

Also, I hope my dentist's kids appreciate their college educations and fancy cars we're buying them this year.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Saturday night. Date much?

Okay, so hubby is playing a videogame and I'm in my office (yes, using my work computer to post) instead of reading or watching a movie or sleeping, just waiting for him to be done. Nothing is wrong, we're good, just not on our "date" yet. Some weeks, we have dates at home. This was supposed to be one of them, so it may yet happen. I'm just chillin'. He came home from work early and kiddo was asleep ... Ahem. And we're going to the temple Monday (Provo temple is open Monday mornings -- some mishies at the MTC have P-day that day, and that's their temple day, so the temple is open. It is the only temple open on Mondays), so that'll count as a date, too.

Work didn't go that great this pay period. Crappy paycheck is coming. Grrr. The good news is my company decided they needed to quit messing with us and are implementing a quarterly bonus of PTO and cash *if* we hit our quotas a certain number of weeks in the quarter, and the more weeks you do it, the more your bonus is. So ... that's good. Hopefully they keep this program in place. I did realize that I do need caffeine to function right now. Otherwise I just end up crashing beyond belief and barely get anything done, and we can't afford that. So, the mass quantities of pepsi and monster energy drinks aren't helping with my caloric intake ... and diet drinks give me migraines. grrr.

The weight loss sitch ... well ... I started my period this week and during my period I turn into a raving ball of hormones and eat everything in sight, so ... yeah. Re-reading Bob Greene's Total Body Make Over book -- he's Oprah's trainer. I got it on overstock, I think. I buy lots there. Anyway. He has 5 rules about eating, and one of them is getting a handle on your emotional eating, whether it's from stress or boredom or hurt feelings or ... just about anything. That's my biggest problem right now, next to the fact that my entire body hurts when it's cold, especially my sternum and ribcage and all those fun muscles. But uh, yeah. He's totally right about needing to do some mental and emotional ground work before you jump into a weight loss program. So ... I'm working on that as soon as I'm done posting the various blogs I'll be working on tonight (see above with the date tonight being messed up).

As far as my emotional and mental health go ... Most of the time, I'm back to normal from the IUD fiasco. My emotions are under better control than they've been for a while -- probably since the surgery, actually. I still express emotion, but I quit freaking out all the time or crying randomly or feeling like quitting my job or cutting all my hair off and dying it pink (hubby was less than amused when I told him I was going to do so). So ... all in all, that's helped my marriage tremendously, not having those artificial hormones in me. My periods are regular again (every 28 days!) and I'm not having the huge clots I had when I had that thing. My friend J showed me a website where I purchased some test strips to find out when I'm ovulating, so that's helping us not get pregnant before we're ready, too. It's kind of fun to have that under control and see when my LH surge hits and all that. My acne is mostly under control, with breakouts twice a month with ovulation and the onset of my period, instead of every damn day with huge cystic zits. The bad part is the cramps -- they were so bad they weren't responding to heat, motrin, midol, aleve, hot baths, or anything else, and I just ended up crying out of pain and frustration. That went away after 24 hours after the onset, and they're still not the worst cramps I've ever had, so I'm pretty happy about that.

All in all, not the most fabulous of weeks, but not the worst I've ever had either. I'm still happy, even though I am still a bit emotional right now. In fact, I really haven't ever been happier and more content in my life. I adore my husband, and he adores me right back, we have two great kids and a good home and jobs and wards and a fantastic love life, so ... all in all ... we're great.

Now, excuse me while I go cry and eat more chocolate and sour cream and onion chips.

*note: said chips are made from organic brown rice and are BAKED, not fried, so I don't feel guilty much eating them.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Luke 2:52

So, kip has this awesome way of making goals and splitting them up into categories according to the above-referenced scripture. Here are mine, divided as well as I can into those categories.

Wisdom (temporal and mental):
*Pay off debt. We have 3 credit cards, student loans, and hospital bills -- all racked up in the last 12 months. We will be making our final payment to the first credit card this month and have a debt stacking plan to take care of the rest, hopefully by 12/31/2007.
*Pay cash for our family vacation this summer to Cali to see Small Fry and hopefully Disney. Put the money from bonuses and "extra" paychecks we get some months into the vacation fund.
*Have $1000 in savings by 12/31/2007 by putting aside $40 out of every paycheck all year and not touching it. That is the emergency fund.
*Finish marriage quilt I started 5 years ago (long before I met hubby) and other projects floating around the house.
*Work back up to my work schedule/production volume of 9500 lines/week, and do it M-F, taking every Saturday off, by March 3.
*ME time. If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Thus, I will take care of me this year and give myself pampering time every week: bubble baths, manicures, pedicures, reading, etc. Save money by getting a library card and read new books.

Stature (physical body):
*Work up to exercising 5-6 days a week
*Eat healthy, focusing my diet on veggies, fruits, lean proteins, and complex carbs. Give myself one "free" day a week so I don't feel deprived and totally go off the "wagon".
*New glasses and contacts. *if* there is still money in the FSA in November and I am not pregnant, get LASIK.
*Release 50 pounds by September so we can focus on increasing our family.
*Brush, floss, and waterpik twice a day to protect my teeth AND my heart. Regular dental checkups, too.

Favor with God (spiritual):
*Pray twice a day. On my knees.
*FHE every week
*Family scripture study every day
*Family prayer twice a day
*Couple prayer twice a day
*Study the Book of Mormon 30 minutes every day, and read other church literature (ensigns, manuals, etc.) another 30 minutes, to complete the 1-hour challenge given by our bishop.

Favor with Man (social, family, marriage):
*One romantic/loving gesture for my sweet husband every week
*Date night every week
*One overnight "minimoon" every month
*Couple prayer twice a day
*Call my parents and Small Fry once a week
*Send letters and make phone calls to my grandfather
*Visit with the in-laws once a month
*Start trying to get pregnant in September (unless we have an accident sooner)
*Spend more time with Munchkin on Saturdays, take the family vacation in July, and possibly a camping trip or two this summer

So, there you have it. Am I crazy? Possibly.

*side note: this might prove i'm really crazy once and for all. i had to go back to the laser clinic today and let them take pictures of the burns on my cha cha and around my perianal area, to document the damage so they can check on my healing in march when i go back for my next treatment. with a different laser. talk about embarrassing. not only did they strip me bald down there, they burned me in several locations, and so I, the hairless naked wonder, now have naked pictures of myself probably going into medical journals, because (of course) I didn't burn "normally". ha.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Friday, January 5, 2007

Laser Hair Removal. Three words which mean "a whole lot of pain."

Now, I'm undergoing *Brazilian* hair removal. A full Brazilian removes the hair from the symphysis pubis all the way around to the gluteal cleft. Some other body parts aren't so sensitive, but that ... is. I did get a free underarm treatment once -- trust me when I say that was painless in comparison to this. My husband and I looked into various hair removal options prior to the wedding. Since this one is pretty much permanent and he said he'd pay, I decided to go for it. Okay then. Too bad that, like childbirth, the woman gets all the pain. *sigh* (granted, the results are lovely ... and probably worth the pain).

My first treatment wasn't so bad. Walked into a semi-posh clinic in the local mall, gave them my name, and they had my chart all ready for me as I'd come in the week before and filled out paperwork. Someone handed me a cold bottle of water and escorted me back to the treatment room. The APRN (who performs all said treatments) came in and we talked about my health history for a while. She's great, very friendly, made me feel very much at ease. Until she started the treatment.

Ow. The laser shoots out a burst of cold liquid (Cryogen) milliseconds before stinging the living daylight out of your skin. It targets the pigment of the hair and destroys it at the root, and a full course of treatment can take up to two years.

They do have a numbing cream available by RX only through a pharmacy in Florida, which is the only pharmacy in the country that makes this particular concoction. Since my first treatment really wasn't that bad, I decided to forego the numbing cream.

Ten weeks later, my second treatment nearly made me cry. She didn't warn me ahead of time she was going to increase the power of the laser. *sigh* I ordered the numbing cream. In the meantime, I'm rather enjoying being mostly hairless. It makes hygiene at that time of the month sooooo much easier. She did miss a spot, which is annoying and needs frequent shaving, but was taken care of at my third treatment this morning, 9 weeks after the last. What's left of the rest of my hair (it's about 50% gone) didn't really even start growing back until the last few days.

When the doorbell rang Wednesday afternoon, I was expecting something more than a 1-ounce jar for my $37.50, but hey, I was hoping it would get me nearly painlessly through the next 2 or 3 treatments, at which time I hope to really be a hairless wonder from just under my "baby" bump all the way to my back.

I apparently didn't use enough cream and didn't apply it evenly enough, as I still felt large amounts of pain in various places. Next time, I'll use more cream and hopefully won't have a small fry pounding on the door, asking if it's time to take her to school yet. Owie.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

In 2006 did you?...
*lose any friends? No
*make any new friends? Yeppers
*make any new enemies? Not that I'm aware of, but they're probably out there, just biding their time
*develop any new hobbies? Does kissing my husband count?
*get older? No, I quit having birthdays the year before.
*do anything you regret? Well ... not really.
*go to any parties? Dinner
*accomplish anything? Open-heart surgery, a wedding ...
*make much money? some
*attend a wedding? My own!
*attend a funeral? No
*get any new family members? Two nieces, a step daughter, and the bestest husband
*move away? No
*gain any new perspectives? Sho' nuff
*get into a verbal fight? With my sister this summer. Gah. And an occasional one with hubby -- we're much happier now that the EVIL IUD is out.
*get into a physical fight? No!
*attend any sporting events? No
*get arrested? No
*wreck your car? Um ... not exactly. I did hit one of the huge boulders lining our parking lot with the Exploder
*get a new car? Not new, but used. Needed a second vehicle. Enter the Exploder
*make any big purchases? Wedding rings, the Exploder, and a new digi camera my hubby bought me for Chrsitmas.
*get kicked out of a store, restaurant or any other kind of business? No
*get fired from a job? only worried about it, didn't happen.
*get offered a job? No
*get a raise at a job? hahahahahahahahaha
*learn anything? Work stuff. Learned stuff about myself and my husband and we're still learning about each other and growing together.
*dump your bf/gf? Nope. I married him.
*get dumped by your bf/gf? See above.
*develop any new health problems? Heart stuff. Major.
*change as a person? Very much so.
*get any new piercings? No.
*get any new tattoos? No.
*attend a concert? No.
*crowd surf? Uh, no.
*travel out of state? Yes -- an emergency trip to California to try and get our step-daughter back. Didn't happen.
*read any books? Frequently
*travel out of the country? No
*spend much money? Um ... yeah ...
*download any music? No
*try out any new looks? Not particularly.
*sign up for a myspace? No, but did sign up for blogspot
*sign up for a facebook? what's that
*eat a food that you had never eaten before? Yep -- My Tongan MIL started cooking for us on occasion. I eat food. Do the math.
*go golfing? Mini
*go bowling? Yes, on one of our first dates ... *blushes* I probably ought to take him bowling and ~not~ try to distract him this time.
*start to resent something or someone that you used to like? No

In 2006, how many....
*different places did you work? One
*times did you go out drinking? Zero
*times did you smoke marijuana? Zero
*times did you have health problems? TNTC (too numerous to count)
*times did you go to the movies? Lots
*concerts did you attend? Zero
*people did you have sex with? ONE.
*people tried to have sex with you? ONE.
*get your ass kicked? If falling in love counts, then sure
*crushes did you have? One.
*times did you attend church? 40 or more ... didn't count ... but had heart surgery and can't go every week still
*bad habits did you pick up? Swearing -- things slip out again.
*"rough nights" did you have? Several

In 2006, what was?
*your favorite day of the year? My wedding day
*your favorite band? No idea
*least favorite day of the year? The day after I got home from the hospital -- dang Lortab triggering migraines ...
*your favorite movie? Y'know, we've seen a fair few ... my least fave was Eragon ... Most fave was probably Over the Hedge or Cars.
*your favorite song of the year? Whatever is on the CD my husband made for our wedding.
*most expensive thing you stole? Yeah, I don't steal.
*the biggest event you attended? My wedding.
*something that didn't change at all this year? ... nothing.
*your favorite holiday? Christmas

Misc. questions about 2006 A.D.
*were you in a hospital this year? 5 days for open-heart surgery (see above).
*were you in an ambulance this year? No and never have been
*did you make any big confessions in 06? Told my husband I lurved him? hehehehe
*embarrassed about anything you did this year? Embarrassed about how much I tease my sweet husband.
*what's the best thing to happen to you this year? Marrying my husband.
*did you meet anyone that you could see yourself marrying? Yes. And then I did.
*did you vote this year? No because I was sick
*did you bring sexy back this year? Hahahaha ... yes. If a different nighty every night of the honeymoon counts.
*what goals did you set for 2007? Eating better, spending more quality time with family, financial goals to get out of debt, pay cash for our vacation this summer, and make sure do something every week that lets my husband know how much I love him.